Diane participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Cincinnati September 24, 2011. She submitted her story:
I was first diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in June of 2001. I had gone for a routine mammogram in April of 2001 and was told that all was well. Then in June 2001 while drying my hair, I noticed a ‘puckering’ of skin on my left breast. I call for an appointment with Dr. Donna Stahl’s office and upon exam was sent for a biopsy. Sure enough, cancer was found. I had the left breast removed in July, 2001, developed MRSA following the surgery but was not diagnosed for that infection until September 2001 and nearly died from the infection. Dr. Cody, my oncologtist, started chemo as soon as he could given the infection process followed by radiation treatments and the oral meds for the next eight years. In October of 2009 following a routine CT scan, bone cancer in my left hip was discovered. I am now undergoing monthly injections which will hopefully slow down the progression of the bone cancer for years to come. I have yearly CT scans and bone scans to make sure that the injections are doing their job.
Thank you for your support in fighting this awful disease and for your interest in my story,
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